30 November 2011

Peter Pan Collars and Red Riding Hood's Coat

Velvet Bow
Coat: Topshop via eBay Dress: Topshop Bag: UO Necklace: Accessorize
How chilly has it got recently, it's crazy, but it makes me so happy! I love the cold weather, as it makes wearing my favourite piece of clothing a necessity - the coat! I love just being able to chuck my coat over any outfit, and just feeling nice and warm under it, feeling the winter chill on your hands and face. I saw this coat a couple of Christmas' ago on somebody else and loved how pretty and cute it looked with the bow on the back, plus all of the detailing is in velvet! I really love the Rothschild's coats, and this reminds me of one of them! Anyway, I found this on ebay, and it was made by none other than Topshop, so don't remember seeing it in the shops. 
I cannot believe it's the first of December tomorrow, cannot wait to go home and see my family, and spend my days doing anything and everything relatively Christmassy! 
Sorry about posting only boring outfit posts as of late, my big deadlines are next week, so I haven't really been able to venture out a lot. Cannot wait till it's all handed in! 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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28 November 2011

Collared Shirts and Cameo

Rainy Day Outfit!
Playsuit: Urban Outfitters Shirt: H&M Coat: Monki Scarf: Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shoes: New Look Bag: Urban Outfitters Jewellery: H&M/Accessorize/Can't remember!
  I feel like I haven't blogged an outfit post in such a long time, actually began to miss it! How crazy is it that December is just around the corner, feels like Halloween was only the other day! I really love this playsuit and felt annoyed at myself that it was only ever being worn on nights out as there was just way too much skin on show for a normal day at Uni, so I wore my white shirt underneath, also added a little bit of warmth! I feel like I've fallen off the face of the blogging world a little bit, and have been making sure to catch up on my favourite blogs this week. It's funny how much i've grown to love my blog in such a short space of time, and how it's become such an important part of my life! Soppy bit over, I promise!
  I've seen that some of the Christmas lists have been popping up on some blogs, might have to do mine at some point! What sort of things do you think you'll be asking for this year? The thought of Christmas shopping at the moment is pretty daunting, but I'm going to make sure that I don't leave it as late this year as usual, otherwise i'll be running around the shopping centre's, going just a tad loopy!
I've been thinking about doing 'Questions & Answers' in an upcoming blog, so if you have any questions you would like to ask me, feel free, I can't wait to see what you want to know!
Right, now back to the essay writing about crime in the Wild West, and the evolution of the Conservative Party, wish me luck!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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24 November 2011

Charlestown's Wishing

All images c/o weheartit
I might be a little bit on the absent front for the next couple of weeks, with some pretty big deadlines looming. I've been feeling really distant lately, my mind feels all over the place. I don't know what I want to do anymore, I'm really not enjoying my University course at all, and would happily leave if I knew what else I would do. I just feel like i'm not interested enough anymore, and am no longer good enough to be on the course, so I'm going to try and immerse myself as much as possible into my work, looking forward to my family visiting the day after my deadlines, and going home a week after that. As one of my friends told me yesterday, it's the little things that make life happy!
I'll be all back to normal once these essays have been handed in, I've got some exciting posts lined up! Thank you for reading my blog, and even following, it really does mean a lot to me! :)

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


21 November 2011

And if you're homesick, give me your hand and i'll hold it.

Tartan Scarf!
Scarf: Edinburgh Woollen Mill Top: H&M Skirt: H&M Coat: Topshop (couple of years ago)
   Is there ever anything that you find yourself looking for, for such a long time that you start to give up? That's what I was like with a tartan scarf! I've spent ages looking for one, they've either been the wrong colours, wrong 'size' tartan (if that makes sense), or just way too expensive! Anyway, the other day in town, I popped into Edinburgh Woollen Mill, and i've never seen so many to choose from, plus there was a pretty good deal, so I was able to buy two! It was a bit silly of me really, I probably should've thought about it earlier!
   Right, I'm going to spend the rest of the night baking (and then eating) cookies, when I really should be doing some work instead! I would really love some feedback in terms of what you would like to see on this blog, I really love writing charlestownvintage, but sometimes I worry that it's just like any other, and would love to make it more personal to myself. I mentioned before about my love of history, but now it's winter, most of the National Trust and English Heritage sites are closed, so that aspect has to be put on hold!
   Is there anything you would like to see more of on this blog? Please let me know, I would really appreciate your feedback! I'm hoping to incorporate a regular baking feature, would that appeal to you? I also really love interior design, and antique items, so was maybe thinking of doing something on the lines of that, not too sure how yet though! Thank you!!
Please let me know, I'd really love to find out what you think would be beneficial! 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

20 November 2011

Tweed jackets and elbow patches.

Rush, rush, rush!
Blouse: Gift from Boyfriend Dress/Skirt: H&M Blazer: H&M Bag: Ebay Rings: H&M
This is quite a bit of a rushed post today, as I need to pop into town to buy something for my housemate, before driving to Plymouth to meet Alessio and spend the day shopping and eating! Yesterday was our High Tea Society's first meeting, in a tearoom in town that i've mentioned before, called Dolly's Tearoom. About 20 people came, and everyone was so lovely, it was really nice to just relax and meet new people over a cream tea, ha! Late last night, I saw the new Twilight film with my housemates, I always leave the cinema feeling a little bit embarrassed and disappointed with these films, but I thought Breaking Dawn, despite the seriously cringe worthy moments, was actually pretty good and true to the book. I have to admit, some of the events towards the end of the film really did scare me like no other recent film has done, did anyone else feel the same, I left feeling pretty weak and sickly? I really didn't expect it to be like that at all, but I guess if it was any other way, I would be disappointed! 
  This is what I sort of wore yesterday, but I wore a different coat as the weather was pretty chilly outside! Also, I apologise for the silly pose in the last picture, I wanted to show the blazer's elbow patches, but I also can't believe how long my hair is now! It's grown so quickly!
  P.S this post was planned for Saturday, but I never got round to finishing it! Plymouth trip was yesterday, and I was pretty bad and bought quite a few bits, which I will be showing very soon!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

17 November 2011

It's always darkest before the dawn

Leopard Print Coat!
Coat: River Island Blouse: New Look Shorts: UO Shoes: New Look Bag: Ebay 

This is the first time that I've ever properly worn this Leopard print coat, i've always been a bit wary of it, thinking the print is a bit too 'showy' for me, all of my coats are extremely plain and simple! I didn't realise how warm it would be, it's so lovely and snuggly, I think I could probably sleep in it, ha!
I bought this blouse the other day from New Look. I've always loved peter pan collars, and this one is sequin too, which just made me love it even more. Lately, it must be the Christmas spirit, I'm being drawn to velvet and sequins. There's so many sequin dresses around at the moment, not sure whether I could pull one off though. 
I've just had a pretty average day really, had a lecture at Uni about politics and spent the rest of the day moping around my room. Is it just me that tends to get fed up around this time of year? I think i'm just ready to go home and spend time with my family, hurry up holidays! Are you doing anything special over Christmas? We always tend to have Christmas at home, with just the close family, eating a massive roast dinner and opening pressies!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

Snap Happy!

New Camera Roll!
As I said in my last post, I received my new Canon camera yesterday, and have since spent the entire time taking pictures of everything I can find! Here are some that i've taken so far;
Those crazy tapestry print, lethally high wedges are my new shoes from Asos! As unlikely as it looks, they are so unbelievably comfy! So comfy in fact that, if it were not for my paranoia, I would be tempted to wear them to Uni! Well, I suppose they would be more easily worn in a city such as London, compared to rainy, hilly Cornwall! 
I'm still trying to get into the knack of using this camera, and I'm a little bit confused because I bought a wired remote with it, so that I could take outfit post pictures without having to force people to take them for me, however the cable is tiny!! I'm a little bit angry! Does anyone know where I can get a remote for a Canon? Thank you!! Oh, P.S. please excuse my dusty mirror, i'm not very good with dusting, I always forget. Oh, and that's my new winter hat, still a little bit nervous about wearing it out! 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


City of Lights

Christmas is on it's way!

Yesterday I went to pick up my new camera, which is why I haven't blogged as much lately! I was getting pretty fed up with using my iPhone as a camera, but I'm so pleased with my new Canon, the picture quality is just perfect in comparison, it's so weird taking a picture and the camera just sorting the focus out for me, I suppose i'm just not used to it!
I was able to take my camera out for the first time last night to the Truro City of Lights, which is procession of tissue lanterns made by the local schools and University. The theme this year was Wildlife, and the lanterns were amazing, from small penguins, fish, flowers to massive horses, polar bears and baboons! It was such a lovely experience, I've never seen the streets so packed, it seemed the the whole area turned up. Plus, the Christmas lights were turned on at the end of the parade, which just made the night feel extra Christmassy!
I apologise for the picture heavy post, all of the models were so amazing and looked so intricately made, it was really hard deciding which pictures deserved to be included on this post! I would probably have to say the polar bear and peacock were my favorites, polar bears being my favourite animals, and the peacock because it was such a large model but had been made to that the feathers opened and closed as the parade progressed through the streets!
Now i'm all super excited for Christmas as a result of last night, and due to all of the Christmas adverts coming on television! I've got lots of posts lined up for this blog, and I can't wait to show them all to you! May even post twice today, ha! I just want to say thank you to all of my new followers, it makes me so happy that people are happy to follow my blog, and that, what I think is just silly ramblings and awful pictures, is actually read regularly! Thank you again! 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


12 November 2011

Mustard and Poppy

Coat: Topshop Dress: H&M Shoes: River Island 
I feel like I haven't posted an outfit post in such a long time! I just never get time to, with the darkness setting in earlier and earlier, and my camera quality getting progessively worse with it! I'm hoping to buy myself a Canon 500d or a 1100d, would any of you recommend them as a first dslr? I'll only really be using it for daily photo's, outfits, and pictures with friends and the family :)
How have you all been, have you been up to much lately? I feel like I've spent everyday since Halloween clinging on to Christmas, i'm so excited about going home!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

11 November 2011

Never Forget.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns belowWe are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fieldsTake up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

(photo from Wehearit)

9 November 2011

Giveaway Winner!!

And the winner is...

Thank you to everyone who entered, but congratulations to Lauren for winning :)
I'm thinking about doing another giveaway soon, that's if I reach 150 followers, so keep reading!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

7 November 2011

Winter Wishlist No.1

Pretty Patent T-Bars!

As always, when Uni deadlines start to get closer and closer, procrastination becomes more and more harder to escape, and I find myself staring at clothes websites rather than books! I found these t-bars on the UO website, and instantly fell in love! I have a bit of a weakness for t-bar shoes, I love the detailing on these ones, they have a sort of brogue feel, and they're also patent.
After finding these shoes, I soon found myself scouring the internet for possible outfit ideas to match them up with! I've been seeing Romwe being mentioned on quite a few blogs lately, and there's so many nice pieces on there! I'm just a bit worried about the sizing, as most items tend to be labelled as 'one size', however, the pricing seems really reasonable!
All of these pieces above are from Romwe! I really love the wintery feel of all of them, and can just imagine them all with the t-bar shoes, some thick tights, and my winter coat!
I'm really tempted to buy the red skirt and polka dot jumper, I love the sequin collar on it; I can just imagine wearing it on Christmas Day!
Have any of you, my lovely readers, bought anything from Romwe before, would you recommend it? Also, how did you find the sizing if you did, that's the only thing putting me off! :(

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

6 November 2011

Long weekend at home!

According to my phone photo's!
 (Well, and plus a few days at uni before going home!)
- My OAP outfit for a history society social event, and dressing up as a dead bride for Halloween! As you can tell, makeup isn't my strong point, I'm too impatient!
- One of my favourite roads near my house, I love the colours of the leaves and how the trees are shaped over the road like a tunnel! Going to the next village's church for the Farmer's Market!
- Finding an Emma Bridgewater mug for £2.50 in a charity shop! And getting to see my lovely dog's again, Frank didn't seem as happy to see me.
- My sister's 18th birthday party! Which included eating lots of yummy cupcakes, watching the fireworks and staring in amazement at the sweet trees my mum and dad bought her! 

I'm driving back to University tomorrow morning, I dread goodbye's so much! If it only it was a little bit closer, and not a five hour journey!
Have you all had a lovely weekend, did you get to see any firework displays?

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

4 November 2011

Farmer's Market

First day back home!

Every Thursday in the next village, there is a little farmer's market. We moved house a couple of months ago from London, and so we're really not used to this sort of thing! Even though there are only a few stalls, it's such a lovely thing to be just around the corner from. Everything sold is either from local businesses, made locally or grown locally, so it's a really nice way to help the local community too! I like going for the homemade cakes and sausage rolls! I think the setting of the market plays a part in making it special too, situated in the grounds and inside of the village church, which really is beautiful! 

  I've been home since Wednesday afternoon now, and it's little things like this that I've really missed! I feel so lucky to live where I do, with fields just surrounding our house, villages scattered over the countryside, with local pubs serving puddings and custard, and an abundance of National Trust sites! 
What do you like about where you live? What are some of the little things that remind you of home? I always find that when I'm at Uni, it's the little outings, homely meals and countryside walks with my dogs that I miss! 
  I had been looking forward to posting some outfit posts in the pretty backdrop's around here, but I'd only feel comfortable with my sister taking them, and by the time she's home from school it's way too dark for photo's! I'm going to have to try and work out a way around that!
  Hope you're all having a lovely Friday, and have an amazing weekend! It's my sister's 18th birthday party tomorrow, so I'm so excited about getting the house decorated, getting dressed up and seeing my entire family! I'm also planning on baking her a birthday cake, I'll let you know how it turns out, eek!
  Ooh, PS! I changed the url of my blog today, so that it actually matches the name of my blog, so welcome to www.charlestownvintage.blogspot.com!!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


1 November 2011

'Love is mean, and love hurts, but I still remember that day we met in December'

Change for Charlestown

When I first started this blog, I never really knew what I wanted out of it, and was just writing it for myself. I chose the simplest layout I could find, with no clue about how to alter it to make it look pretty, and ended up choosing a simple floral pattern and putting my name on it for the blog heading! I've been wanting to change it for such a long time, but i'm pretty useless at drawing, and anything artistic really! However, one of my housemates, Natalie, studies Textiles at Uni, and she is amazing at drawing and painting, and just generally has such a good imagination for this sort of thing. So together we sat down and designed my logo!
The logo is just really a mixture of some of my favourite things, taking inspiration from images on weheartit, which is such a lovely site! Natalie and I designed it in three parts, with three different objects being incorporated; teacups and saucers, doilies, and cameo.
1) Teacups and Saucers;
If you follow me on twitter, or just have read quite a lot of my blog posts, you would know that tea plays a pretty large role in my life, as lame as it sounds! I have a cup of tea first thing in the morning, and last thing in the day, when i'm having lunch or dinner, or just whenever! Me and my lovely friend, Sheri, have set up a Tea Society at Uni to just chat over tea and cake, test out the local tearooms, and to just basically share our love of tea with others! 

2) Cameo;
Cameo is my favourite type of jewellery, I've lost count of how many pieces I own! I love the silhouette's, pretty lady's with their hair in buns, and all of the detail around the edge. If i ever get a tattoo, it'd probably be a cameo of some sort!

3) Doilies; 
I love the pattern around the edge of a doily, and just seeing all of the pictures of them on Weheartit just made me realise how much one would have to be included in my logo/banner! I also think it has a similar effect of a cameo around my logo, almost like a picture frame. 

The finished product, thank you to my lovely housemate, Natalie! I'm so happy with it! She hand drew, and painted, it! 

I'm going home tomorrow for my sister's 18th Birthday, and I can't wait! My entire family will be there, which will be lovely! I'll take lots of pictures :)
Did you all have a lovely Halloween, what did you get up to? I dressed up as a Dead Bride, which i'm planning on showcasing on here! 
I can't believe it's November already, it's one of my favourite months with the weather, fireworks night, and just general wrapping up warm, bonfires and dark nights. What are your favourite things about winter time? I can't wait for Christmas!
I have a bit of work coming up at the moment, and am now a Lifestyle editor for my student newspaper, which I can't wait to get started on, but i'm still planning on blogging regularly, I love having this blog, it's like another friend listening to my day, how i'm feeling and what I've been doing!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

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